In the words of pop queen Madonna, we’re living in a material world – a world that now has more microplastics in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way. Yup, you heard that right. Single-use plastics are some of the largest pollutants in our environment today.
That’s why this #PlasticFreeJuly, we’re leveraging our platform as a certified B Corp company to encourage our brand partners and content creators to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of eliminating all plastics from your lifestyle completely, we got you covered. These tips for reducing your use of single-use plastics will get you on the right track without forcing you to quit cold turkey.
1. BYO Water Bottle
Why go with a single-use plastic water bottle when you can show off a gorgeous and sleek reusable one? Not to mention one million plastic water bottles are thrown away every minute. If you’re looking for recommendations, we’re obsessed with LARQ’s self-cleaning water bottles. Zero impact and zero smell? Sign us up!
2. Wrap Your Food With Beeswax
We’ve all been there before. You’re struggling to wrap your food in cellophane as the plastic gets sticky in all the wrong places and gets smeared with random bits of food. With reusable beeswax wraps, you get all the environmental benefits and none of the flimsiness. We’re huge fans of Bee Kind’s reusable wraps ourselves (just look at those patterns)!
3. Shop Zero Plastic Beauty
If you’re a beauty fan, you’re probably all about that unboxing experience. Plastic free brands like Flavedo & Albedo are committed to keeping their pretty packaging without the annual 76.8 billion containers of plastic waste. When shopping beauty, we recommend keeping an eye out for brands who package with aluminum, glass, or sustainable timber. If you want to go even further, check out the plastic free product lines from brands like Lush and Public Goods.
4. Wrap Your Gifts in Fabric
Of course, you don’t have to buy anything to start living your best reduced plastic life. One easy and fun way to start is by wrapping your gifts in fabric so you aren’t using tape or plastic-filled wrapping paper. We encourage looking up furoshiki wrapping (the traditional Japanese art of fabric wrapping) for inspo.
Remember: it’s not about getting it perfect on the first try. It’s about being part of a movement of 326 million people who’d rather do it imperfectly than not at all.
Here at MagicLinks, we’re also committed to doing the best we can to reduce our impact and eliminate our consumption of single-use plastics. From our fam to yours, check out our team’s commitments to help our planet and follow us on our journey to zero impact.
What are you doing this #PlasticFreeJuly to reduce your plastic consumption? Let us know in the comments below (especially if you’re a sustainable brand or creator)!